A community garden scheme in Enderby is holding its annual open day on Tuesday June 21.
A Place to Grow, on Mill Lane, was originally started in 2006 to help people with mental health problems, but now provides support for a range of groups across Blaby district including people with learning difficulties and physical disabilities.
The aim of the project is to increase physical activity through gardening and to promote a better understanding of the contribution outdoor exercise can make to a healthy life.
Staff, volunteers and service users at A Place to Grow work closely together to grow organic fruit and vegetables, cultivate compost and recycle. It’s a green project with a lot of heart. Since the project began in 2006 it has helped many people suffering with a wide range of mental health problems, access gardening sessions and aid recovery.
People visiting the garden will get a chance to look around the two and a half acre organic site, take part in fun activities and get an understanding of how the scheme benefits the local community.
A Place to Grow is part of Community Action Blaby District’s Sporting Change project and is run in partnership with Blaby District Council.
Abdul Asghar, Sporting Change project leader said:
“The garden looks fantastic in June so the open day is a great chance for local people to come and see how this community project has blossomed since it started off as a field of weeds five years ago.”
Around 300 people out of every 1,000 experience mental health problems each year in Britain.
Sarah Heeley volunteers at the project, she said:
“Our garden is a safe, supportive and happy place to be. Everyone gets stuck in, whether it is wheeling barrows or planting trees. I’ve gained so much from being involved and I can see by the reactions of others how much this garden means to them.”
The event is open from 11am – 3pm at the far end of Enderby Leisure Centre car park.
For more information contact Community Action Blaby District on 0116 272 7670.
A Place to Grow is holder of the Keep Britain Tidy Green Pennant Award and runner up in the Guardian Services Awards 2009. Anyone who would like to support the project through donations or volunteering should contact (0116) 2727670.